What Are Your Law Enforcement Officers Worth?

Sunday, February 16, 2014
If you read this article about Suffolk detectives earning $227,000 a year I think you will find that the citizens of Hamilton County are getting a bargain deal for their law enforcement.
You will find that the average salary of a detective in Hamilton County is less than one quarter of what these guys are getting paid.
Law enforcement officers in Hamilton County are far behind the national average for pay. With no pay increases, eroded benefits and a substandard retirement, it’s a wonder anyone wants to do the job.
Over the past few weeks both the chief deputy and candidate for Sheriff Chris Harvey have made statements about being proud of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office for stepping up and doing a great job during the recent snow emergencies. Let me take that one step further, the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office step up and do a great job 365 days a year 24 hours a day. Make no mistake, they want to be paid more and to have better benefits, but they do the job tirelessly regardless.
I just have to wonder when it is that the Hamilton County mayor and commissioners will realize this and step up to take care of not only the Sheriff’s Office employees but the rest of the Hamilton County employees as well. Fix the retirement and fix the pay, then give back the benefits you have taken.
Sleep well, drive safely and enjoy your life while those that protect you and keep your roads open do their job.
Mike Cox

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